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Roll Red Roll is a true-crime thriller that trails the notorious rape case that swept through small-town Steubenville, Ohio. At a pre-season party in small-town, a heinous crime took place: the assault of a teenage girl by members of the beloved high school football team. At the same time, teenagers' cell phones are bombarded with text messages, social media posts and video clips involving popular football players. A crime blogger Alexandria Goddard uncovered social media evidence. The film unflinchingly asks: “Why didn’t anyone stop it?”
As a great number of people having testified 'victimizations' for ages, law and institutions were made and reformed. Despite this, #MeToo movement aroused how our society are ingnorant and impotent in respect of sexual abuse. Victims' testimonies were powerful but simply distrusted. On social network and massmedia, and at courts, such doubts as "Why?" or "Really?" were persistently raised.
It's time to ask about 'perpetration'. Why they have done this, Why they repeatedly commit crimes and Why all these are practicable. Focused on these questions, the opening film
We are pleased to introduce this piece as the opening film at FIWOM having revealed the reality of violence and discrimination against women and questioned of social structure that enables them. We hope that this film will shift the direction of our society's question towards sexual abuse and contribute to the wave of change that 'can't stop now' made by victims' speech.
Nancy Schwartzman is a documentary film director, producer, and media strategist who uses storytelling and technology to create safer communities for women and girls. Roll Red Roll is her feature film debut, and goes beyond the headlines of the notorious Steubenville, Ohio high school sexual assault case to uncover the social-media fueled “boys will be boys” culture that let it happen. Nancy released a companion short film Anonymous Comes To Town in April 2019 on the Guardian. Her first film, The Line (2010), a short documentary examining consent was used by the White House for a campaign around sexuality, and her follow-up film xoxosms (2013), was on PBS/POV and BBC exploring love between two teenagers, bridged by technology.